Christian Spirituality

Patterns of Prayer: Ancient and Modern Tools for Reading Scripture and Communing with God

Brandon Giella Jun 18

A ny psychiatrist—and any parent, for that matter—will tell you setting limits, structures, and disciplines benefit children. They’ll tell you schedules and routines keep a kid’s mind healthy. When a child has free rein over his/her day, chaos soon follows. Though it...

He Will Answer By and By

Margaret Tolliver Jun 16

D uring the summer of 2011, I worked full-time at a youth program to save for my next semester at DTS. Every day I came home exhausted. I cannot decide whether the exuberant teenagers or the sweltering heat caused my fatigue. Between bouts of “let’s hide from Ms. Margaret”...

Three Ways the Content of our Prayer Exposes our Theology

Luke Spencer May 25

When churches introduce the topic of prayer, people often experience anxiety in two areas. They fear someone will ask them to pray in a small group or another public setting and/or they feel guilt and shame for how infrequently they pray. What most people don’t consider is the connection...

What Good is Valentine’s Day?

Sandra Glahn Feb 9

Quick! What do you get when you mix history, myth, marketing, romance, and angst? Yes, indeed—Saint Valentine’s Day. Many of us think, “Meh. Another commercial holiday for greeting-card companies to make money.” And, indeed, they do. The Greeting Card Association...

Four Ways to Sharpen Your Leadership Skills

D. Scott Barfoot Sep 9, 2016

In the early nineties, I was shepherding a small Baptist church in rural New Brunswick, Canada. As a single man in those days, I lived with various families in the community. One family, who owned a meat production business, graciously allowed me to stay with them for a couple of months. I helped...

I Don't See You as a Black Friend

J. Garrett Kell Jul 7, 2016

I grew up in the hills of West Virginia and had no African Americans in my graduating class. I attended a university with a relatively diverse campus, but most of my interactions with people who weren’t white came on the basketball court. My experience in church was much the...

It is Personal Being a Christ-Follower who's Asian

Bruce W. Fong Jun 30, 2016

T he fishing in Galveston Bay was fabulous. My mind was capturing the memories of friends who shared in the adventure, perfect weather for a Texas August day, and a bountiful catch of speckled trout. One of my colleagues and I spontaneously decided to grab a light dinner before heading home....

How to Seek Unity in Diversity: First Steps

Elizabeth Woodson Jun 16, 2016

Hearing the word “race” can overwhelm us. Our newspapers and social media feeds have bombarded us with stories of racial violence involving African Americans like Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Sandra Bland. While the details of these cases are disputed, the fact that similar...

3 Lessons Christian Parents Can Learn from Play Therapy

Andi Thacker Nov 6, 2015

How can parents integrate insights from the art of Play Therapy with Scripture?

Hungry Appetites and Holy Affections: 4 Gospel Truths to Combat Food Addiction

Lacey Leifeste Nov 1, 2015

People with eating disorders, disordered eating patterns, and body image struggles fill our churches. And what are we telling them? What are we not telling them? Or, even the better question might be, are we telling these people anything ? In December of 2002, I was hospitalized for an...

How the Church Can Encourage Singles

Carly Isaac Graham May 28, 2015

A few ideas about how the church can encourage single people and integrate them into the community of faith.

The Problem with Our Abundance

Priscilla Shirer Jan 9, 2014

The Sabbath is the Lord’s gift to you . . . (Ex. 16:29). I’ve got too much stuff. For real. I do. Nothing seems to fit comfortably. My closet is stuffed, my pantry is overflowing, my freezer is packed, the hallway linen closet...

How Do I Give Wisely?

Staff Dec 29, 2014

In a 2012 Christianity Today article, “ Cost-Effective Compassion ,” economist Bruce Wydick laid out what his research suggested were the best use of funds for the poor. In order of effectiveness the top five are as follows: Provide clean water to rural villages. Fund...

Me? Rich?

Jennifer Callaway Dec 29, 2014

The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Tim. 6:17). He’s talking...

Q&A with Andy Stanley: How to be Rich

Staff Jan 7, 2014

Recently Andy Stanley (ThM, 1985) published a new book, How to be Rich . Notice the title does not say How to Get Rich. He assumes we are rich, and he takes us to the scriptures to help us know how to live in light of that reality. We may not feel rich, which is part of why he wrote this...

So, Get Some Rest

Lesa Engelthaler Oct 30, 2013

I envy people who can fall asleep anywhere. I glare at unworried souls stretched out across airport seats, snoozing away. Don’t they have a plane to catch? Not me. I am the Princess and the Pea. I have a bedtime ritual—fan cranked up loud (White Noise app: genius travel...

Cultivating Sabbath Rest in a Busy World

Michael H. Burer Sep 15, 2013

God gave his people rest for two reasons: so they could experience his presence and so they could celebrate their redemption. Dr. Michael Burer talks about these purposes and how believers in an era of grace can still carve out times of meaningful rest.

Help for Battling Burnout

Mark L. Bailey Sep 15, 2013

Care to guess which chapel-message video posted on the DTS website always generates the most traffic? It’s not about conflict in the Middle East. It’s not one of our counseling professors talking about sex and marriage. And it’s not one of our theology professors discussing...

Take the Crazy out of Busy

Charles R. Swindoll Sep 15, 2013

Some years back, I was snapping at my wife and children, choking down my food at mealtimes, and feeling irritated at those unexpected interruptions through the day. Before long, things around our house reflected the pattern of my hurry-up style. After supper one evening, the words of...

Take Your Faith to Work

William C. Peel Jan 23, 2012

Bill Peel (ThM, 1976), executive director of LeTourneau University’s Center for Faith and Work, describes three attitudes the Bible says we should bring to the workplace.

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